Altamonte Springs, FL

Tactics Used

Buyer Arrests
Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Altamonte Springs is a city of approximately 42,000 residents, located north of Orlando in Seminole County, Florida. Prostitution has been reported as a problem in the city dating at least to the 1980s, and has generated many complaints to police.  Sex trafficking of minors and armed robberies of adults have also been documented in the city,  and a serial killer of prostituted women (Gerald Stano) claimed one of his victims in Altamonte Springs.

To curtail commercial sex in the area, the Altamonte Springs Police Department has conducted street-level reverse stings since 1990. The operations have utilized undercover female officers, who pose as prostituted women.  The street-level operation in 1990 resulted in the arrest of 11 johns.

In July 2010, officers also conducted a web-based reverse  sting. For the operation, police posted a decoy advertisement to Craigslist. As johns responded to the listing, an undercover female officer arranged to meet them at a local hotel. When the men arrived and attempted to purchase sexual services from the officer, they were arrested by APD police. All of the johns’ names and ages were released to the local media.


Key Partners

  • Altamonte Springs Police Department
  • City-County Investigation Bureau
  • Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
State Florida
Type City
Population 39942
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